What is tube feeding (enteral feeding?)

Your healthcare professional may consider tube feeding (or enteral feeding) if your toddler is unable to swallow safely, if they cannot meet their needs through food alone or if they have a certain medical condition.

There are different types of feeding routes which may be used depending on the specific needs of your Toddler:1

  • Nasogastric tubes are placed into the nose and go down into the stomach. These tubes are usually used if short term nutritional support (under 8 weeks) is required
  • Gastrostomy tubes are placed directly into the stomach. These are generally used if nutritional support is expected to last longer than 8 weeks
  • Jejunostomy tubes are placed directly into the small intestine (jejunum) in situations where it is not possible to feed into the stomach


  1. PINNT: http://pinnt.com/Therapies/Enteral-Nutrition.aspx Accessed 27th February 2014.

RXANI130244d Date of preparation: January 2014